JR af­ter sec­ond shot at fame

The star is back with a bor­ing new lease on life, writes

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APOS­I­TIVE at­ti­tude, ve­gan diet and re­place­ment liver. These are the keys to Larry Hag­man’s longevity says the 81-year-old Dal­las star who is back on set film­ing more episodes of the pop­u­lar show.

‘‘I’m here and I look re­ally good,’’ Hag­man tells re­porters in Lon­don, flash­ing an easy Texan smile from be­neath his trade­mark broad-brimmed hat.

Af­ter find­ing global fame play­ing hard man and skirt chaser J.R. Ewing in the orig­i­nal prime time soap opera which first aired in the US in 1978, Hag­man has stamped his author­ity on a re­vi­talised ver­sion of Dal­las.

Be­fore the first sea­son of the new se­ries hits screens in Aus­tralia, prepa­ra­tions were in place for an­other 15-episode in­stal­ment.

Writer and pro­ducer of the new Dal­las, Cyn­thia Cidre, is locked in for ‘‘at least’’ seven sea­sons.

Will the aged Hag­man, who was keen to dash away from his me­dia in­ter­view to use the toi­let, be up to the task?

It’s all about at­ti­tude, he says, clap­ping his hands in a mat­ter-of-fact way.

‘‘It’s so easy, but how many peo­ple do it? At­ti­tude. Pos­i­tive at­ti­tude.’’ And what about the ve­gan diet, adopted by Hag­man at the sug­ges­tion of Dal­las co-star Linda Gray?

‘‘It’s amaz­ing, it’s changed my life. Re­ally bor­ing eat­ing. Re­ally bor­ing. But it’s good for you and you live longer and are more frugal and your fae­ces doesn’t smell any more,’’ he says of his meat and dairy-free meals. ‘‘And 17 years ago I had a liver transplant. That helped a lot right there. Be­cause I’ve got a 42-year-old liver in an 80-year-old body.’’

It seems a re­cur­rence of the 1980s Dal­las cliffhanger story line ‘‘Who Shot JR?’’ may be the only way to keep this char­ac­ter down.

Are there plans in the new script for J.R. to cop a bul­let?

‘‘Who the hell knows,’’ he says. ‘‘If they make money out of it, yeah, they’ll shoot me again.’’

Dal­las airs in Aus­tralia on Chan­nel 9, re­gional af­fil­i­ate NBN and Nine’s mul­ti­chan­nel Go!.

is avail­able to buy on DVD from Novem­ber 21.

stars Larry Hag­man, Linda Gray, Patrick Duffy and Brenda Strong.

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